Sterling Energy Appoints New Board Member

Sterling Energy plc, the AIM listed energy company with activities in the Gulf of Mexico and Africa, today announces the appointment of Mr. Christopher Callaway as a non-executive director of the Company with immediate effect.

Mr. Callaway joined the "City" in 1973, initially with the London Stock Exchange and in 1983, he moved to Capel Cure Myers (subsequently ANZ Merchant Bank) in the role of corporate finance adviser, specialising in small and medium sized growth companies. He became a partner at Coopers & Lybrand in 1990 before joining Beeson Gregory in 1995. Beeson Gregory was subsequently taken over by the Evolution Group in 2002 and on the merger Mr. Callaway became Joint Head of Corporate Finance, retiring in December 2004. Since then, Mr. Callaway has been involved in the flotation of a number of companies of which he is both an investor and a director.

Mr. Callaway will join the Audit, Remuneration and Nominations committees of Sterling.

Richard O’Toole, Chairman of Sterling Energy commented: "I am delighted to welcome Chris Callaway to the Board of Sterling. His long experience of the City and advising growth companies will be of great benefit to Sterling as we seek to deploy the significant cash that will shortly begin to flow from our investment in the Chinguetti field, offshore Mauritania."

Save for the declarations below, and the issue to Mr. Callaway of options over 1,000,000 ordinary shares at 22.5p per share, there are no updated disclosures to be made in respect of the appointment of Mr. Callaway under rule 17 and under Schedule 2 paragraph (g) of the AIM rules.

Current Directorships
Mr. Callaway is currently a non-executive director of the following companies:
  - BETonSPORTS plc Joined May 2005 Aim Quoted
  - CCO Capital PLC Joined March 2005 Aim Quoted
  - Perspective Capital PLC Joined March 2005 Aim Quoted
  - NBCC PLC Joined July 2005 Ofex Quoted
Mr. Callaway has also been a director and trustee of Southend on Sea Derby and Joan Organisation, a charity, since March 2005.

Past Directorships
  - Evolution Securities Ltd Resigned December 2004